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FetchFind Academy

Become a dog trainer, make a career change! Our in-person program will get you there.

FetchFind Academy has been the industry-leading training academy since 2008. Our graduates are highly sought after for professional positions throughout the pet industry. Classes are held in-person in Chicago!


Good things do sometimes come to an end (if only to make way for even better things). It is with a heavy, but proud heart that I let you know the final FetchFind Academy Advanced Training program will happen this spring. This will be the last opportunity for you or your employees to take this comprehensive training program in its current form.

What you’ll get:

20 weeks of hands on classroom and hands on learning from Chicago’s top dog training and behavior experts

  • Science-based training focused on positive reinforcement
  • Hands-on experience with a variety of demo dogs
  • Comprehensive training in handling and treating behavior problems, counseling clients, teaching and modifying behavior

We’ve added an extra month to the beginning of the program so that even if you haven’t been through our Essentials program, don’t have formal dog training experience, or if it’s been a while since you were in the classroom, you can still be ready to go out and get a position as a professional dog trainer by September 2018.

For business owners who want to add another revenue stream, this is the perfect opportunity to educate your best employee(s) and turn them into dog trainers.

If you’re already a dog trainer, but want to increase your skill level and get valuable continuing education credits, you’ll get 30 CEUs (certified through APDT) and connections throughout the dog training community. Many of our alumni obtained positions at boutique and multi-location training facilities immediately after graduation from Academy, and have gone on to become CPDT-KA and even start their own dog training companies!

Advanced Training Skills

If becoming a professional dog trainer has always been your passion, we offer Advanced Training Skills professional course for pet professionals who would like to advance their careers and become a dog trainer or advance their current dog training skill set. This program is very hands-on and taught by Chicagoland's top trainers and educators. We create simulated situations that face dog professionals today and work through them together. You will learn how to create and execute a training plan, speak with clients easily, and how to identify all types of behavioral issues, including fear, anxiety and aggression.

  • Prerequisite:
 Behavior Fundamentals Online and in-person interview
  • Program length:
 4 months

  • Hours to complete: 
65 hours

  • Time spent:
 50% classroom
, 50% hands on
  • CEUs: 21

  • Price:

2018 Dates: Wednesday evenings from 6:30-9:30pm, April 11 - August 29

Interested? Click “Apply Now” above!

Questions? Contact us!

Contact us!

872-802-4114 - [email protected]

Your Instructor

FetchFind Instructors
FetchFind Instructors

Our instructors are respected and experienced professionals in our community who are committed to ongoing education of their own. You receive only the best, most updated and accurate information available. Learn more about our instructors and staff on the Our Team page!

Class Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where are classes held?
Classes are held in our classroom at 1428 North Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622. We are located on the border of the Wicker Park and Humboldt Park neighborhoods at North/Western Avenues, close to public transportation, restaurants, shopping, and community services. Easy on-street parking too!
Who teaches Academy courses?
Our instructors are respected and experienced professionals in our community who are committed to ongoing education of their own. You receive only the best, most updated and accurate information available. Learn more about our instructors and staff here!
When does the course start and finish?
Each course works a bit differently. Classes meet once per week on a weekday evening from 6:30 to 9:30pm. Behavior Fundamentals is an 8-week class, while Essential Training Skills and Advanced Training Skills are each 16 weeks. The entire dog trainer program takes about 9 months to complete. Contact us at [email protected] for more info!
What is required of me during a FetchFind Academy course?
Each course involves class attendance, participation in classroom activities, and completion of quizzes, externships, and assignments.
What reading do I have to do?
Each course has a required reader, compiled by us from the best texts out there. This way, you don't have to spend hundreds of additional dollars on textbooks. You will receive ordering instructions when you sign up for each course.
Are payment plans available?
Yes! We can work with you to figure out the best plan for your situation.
What are the benefits of attending FetchFind Academy?
In addition to receiving the very best education in dog training and behavior, you gain access to our vast network of professionals. We pride ourselves in being very community-oriented and supportive. You will be added to our private internal Facebook page, receive invitations to alumni events, and more! We help with job placement too. Our graduates are highly sought after by employers!
Do I need to complete all 3 courses to graduate?
Not necessarily. You will receive a certificate upon successful completion of each course. So if you complete all 3 courses, you'll have 3 certificates.
Do I earn any type of certification by taking FetchFind Academy courses?
You will receive a certificate of completion for each course. The only true professional certification for dog trainers is available via the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), which requires training hours and an exam. Our program will prepare you to acquire those hours and take the test.

This course is not open for enrollment.